Emily Bowman, 19, remains in a coma and on a ventilator at Athens Regional Medical Condition. Her father Dale Bowman has remained with her around the clock, since he learned early Saturday morning that his daughter had been in a hit-and-run accident on Oak Street and was severely injured.
According to a story in the Athens Banner Herald, Dale Bowman has been sleeping on a couch in the intensive care waiting room. He told the newspaper that the swelling and bleeding in his daughter's brain had subsided.
Emily was walking with a friend on the grassy shoulder of Oak Street around 3am on Saturday, after going to a friend's birthday party. Emily is a student at Kennesaw State and came to Athens to attend the party. A red pickup truck, heading in the same direction, jumped the curb and hit Emily.
Police officers have said they know who holds the truck's registration: a 22-year-old man from Cartersville. The newspaper story says the police are building a case against him that will result in felony charges.